The forthcoming Disney subscription-video service will be the exclusive US Streaming home of new live-action and animated films from Disney and Pixar, starting with the 2019 theatrical slate, when the sequel to Disney’s animated hit Frozen and the live-action reboot of The Lion King will hit cinemas before joining the streaming service, the company said .
These two studios are home to mega-franchises like the Avengers and Star Wars films, respectively, and make up a sizable chunk of Disney’s movie output.
As of now, he said, there will be no change on Disney’s end to the licensing deals it has with Netflix to stream programming from US broadcaster ABC and its other TV networks, or to co-productions like Netflix’s Marvel shows, such as Daredevil and the upcoming The Defenders.
Poor performances by films like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hurt Disney’s studio business, and were only partially offset by increases in revenue from TV and streaming-video-on-demand licensing.
It will build on ESPN’s existing app, which allows cable-TV subscribers to stream live ESPN programming, as well as news, highlights, and other content.
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